South Sudan to launch National Cooperatives Strategy

May 22, 2012

Juba:  The first National Conference on the Cooperatives Strategy is a two-day workshop that will take place on 23 – 24 May 2012 at the Regency Hotel.  The national conference, which will be opened by the Honourable Betty Achan Ogwaro, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperative and Rural Development will launch the first South Sudan Cooperatives Strategy and mark the “UN International Year of Cooperatives.”

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, highlighting the contribution of cooperatives to socioeconomic development, particularly their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration.  UN partners, including UNDP supported the Government in the development of the cooperatives strategy, which aims to promote rural development and inclusive growth in South Sudan.  The workshop will work with representatives from the ten states to encourage the development of cooperatives and other member-controlled economic associations within their communities with the hope of creating viable, sustainable and local economies. 

Participants will include senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development as well as representatives from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment; Ministry Culture, Youth and Sports; Ministry of Gender Child and Social Welfare; Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning; Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Development.  The workshop will include participants from the state level, such as state directors of cooperatives and community development, youth and women.


Date:                     Wednesday 23 May – Thursday 24 May 2012

Time:                     9h00 – 17h00 (opening ceremonies begin at 09h30)

Location:              Regency Hotel, Juba, South Sudan

Photo/Interview Opportunities:

Honourable Betty Achan Ogwaro, Minister of Agriculture Forestry, Cooperatives & Rural Development

Professor Matthew Gordon Udu, Undersecretary of the Ministry  of Agriculture Forestry, Cooperatives & Rural Development

George Conway, Country Director, a.i. UNDP 

Honourable Michael Tongun Martin, State Minister of Cooperatives, CES

Honourable Francis Ataba, Member of Parliament, Chairperson  for Rural Development


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Contact information

For further information, please contact: Marguerite Nowak, Communications Officer, United Nations Development Programme, South Sudan Cell: 095 619 1254